Category: Free Gift

Blog Hopping #5

Today is the 5th Sunday of  our Mirror Ball Dot (MBD) Blog Hopping. The MBD enthusiast of the day is Elisa Albury who’s blog is called “Stitch Outside the Ditch.” Elisa has made a modern take of an old Amish classic quilt design. The MBD makes this pretty quilt shine. I especially love what she’s done with her border treatment. Take a look see here.

My friend, Mark Hordyzynski designed Mirror Ball Dot (MBD) fabric for Michael Miller Fabrics and organized this blog hop to showcase the release of new MBD colors. I’ve known Mark for awhile and it always makes me smile when I dig through my fabric stash and see one of his fabrics in my collection. I amaze myself on how many different Mark Hordyzynski fabrics I own. I avoid using them because I want to keep them forever.

This week, I started on my project for the blog hop. Mark sent me the warning today, that I’m up in 2 weeks!  Whoo Hoo!

Are you still wondering what I’m going to do?  You’ll have to wait, but here’s another hint: The scales are weighted in my favor that this idea will be fun.

If you would like to win a color card and five fat quarters of Mirror Ball Dot fabric in your choice of colors, simply leave a comment here on Elisa’s blog post.

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May 19:   Elisa Asbury –
May 26:   Dory Smith Graham –
June 02:  Nanette Zeller –
June 09:  Mark Hordyszynski – Close of the MBD Blog Hop / More MBD Inspiration / Judging for Blog Hop Winner

Gifts in Life

Last week I had the opportunity to teach some wonderful ladies at my quilt guild. They were all very anxious to learn how to make fabric-wrapped coiled bowls. I’ve made my share of these bowls, totebags, coasters, and hot pads. The concept is much like rolling snake-like shapes of clay to make coiled clay pottery.  (Do you remember doing that as a kid?) In the fabric version you’re using a sewing machine to zig-zag stitch over wrapped cotton clothesline. There’s something zen about it. Such a gratifying feeling, I can’t explain it.

Well, I didn’t invent the process. There are quite a few people who have written patterns and books about their techniques. No matter what technique you follow, I’ve found that the coiling part (zig-zag stitching) is pretty much the same. However, it’s the wrapping part that holds variation between one technique and the next.

In order to help my students understand the process, I wrote a short tutorial with all the basic things you would need to make a small bowl (with or without handles). Since I have it all together neat and tidy, I thought you would enjoy having a copy [Use the short form below to download the tutorial].

Consider this pattern my gift to you for supporting me in my creative journey. Here’s to sharing our gifts in life.


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